Assistive technology news and info.
On May 31, Mike May and Kim Casey of Goodmaps, Erin Lauridsen of the San Francisco Lighthouse and J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys joined over 40 people on a Zoom session to compare various audio configurations among the participants. We heard a range of headsets, microphones, and other setups at a variety of price points, and gave feedback on everyone's sound along with tips for using Zoom and other chat systems effectively.
Like just about everything else these days, Apple's worldwide developers conference has switched to a virtual format for 2020. But a variety of new features have been announced across Apple's line of devices, including some new VoiceOver improvements.
Windows 10 2004 is Available; Narrator Gets Improved Web and Outlook Support, Even Firefox Compatibility
Windows 10 version 2004, the first major update for Windows this decade, is here, and while the updates are smaller, there are a variety of new features and bug fixes included.
There are times that necessitate that this site reaches beyond the scope of blindness and technology because of issues that are greater than any accessibility challenge. This is one of those times.
Android is poised to get a whole new set of accessibility commands, if the developer documentation for Android R is any indication. Over 20 new multi-tap gestures are listed, more than doubling the current offerings which largely involved one finger.
Join Mike May and Kim Casey of Access Explorer, Erin Lauridsen of the San Francisco Lighthouse and J.J. Meddaugh of A. T. Guys on a Zoom session to compare various audio configurations among the participants. Have you heard others on calls and wondered why they sound so good? Let s find out by comparing audio online. We will edit the recording and provide it after this session so you can hear what you sound like. Kim will provide feedback to those who wish on your video presence.
Google's latest drive update adds the option to secure your files with touch ID or Face ID.
Tired of all your devices responding at once after saying the wake phrase? Google has implemented a new feature to help differentiate which devices in your home are most likely to respond.
Google has begun to roll out a feature to adjust the sensitivity of each device in your home to the wake phrase. This is useful both in noisy environments and in cases where multiple google devices are in the home, and you prefer for one to be more likely to respond.
The feature first began rolling out in late April, and should be available to most devices in the United States by this point.
The setting can be adjusted by ensuring that your google home iOS or Android app is up to date, clicking on the name of your device, going to settings, device settings, hey/okay google sensitivity, adjust the slider to your desired sensitivity (the higher the slider, the more sensitive your device), then back out and repeat for any other devices you wish to edit.
This is a much needed feature that should hopefully cut down on both unintended Google device responses and having to yell at your devices.
Have you tried this feature? How well does it work? Please let us know in the comments.
Pirate Poker, one of the apps in the iOS app Game world, has now been ported into its own app. App A11y, the company behind the original edition, has indicated that this is the first of several apps that are to receive standalone versions in the coming months.
A coalition of blindness organizations and companies seek your feedback to determine the effects of COVID19 on people who are blind and visually impaired.
In preparation for Timecrest 3, Sneaky Crabs has released a new version of popular iOS game Timecrest.
Readers interested in learning more about their Apple devices should take note of GeeksModo an emerging blog covering all things apple.
Find out more about GeeksModo, and its founder Moses Gitari, below.
Due to the recent physical isolation orders across various countries, Aira has detailed its new policies in the wake of COVID-19.
Let's Go Shopping, an All Day Event Featuring your Favorite Vendors and Lots of Prizes, is Saturday (expired)
A. T. Guys is excited to join a variety of amazing small businesses for an all-day, virtual shopping experience.
In the rapidly changing landscape of the Covid-19 outbreak, staying informed is more crucial than ever.
iOS 13.4, released earlier this week, introduces iCloud folder sharing to anyone with an Apple ID.
Audio Wizards, from Finish developer My True Sound goes on sale until March 29.
Freedom Scientific offers home licences for Jaws, ZoomText, and Fusion through June 2020; Dolphin Follows Suit
Freedom scientific is offering some of its blind and low vision products to households in the U.S. for free to help minimize the impact of work from home requirements on blind and visually impaired individuals.
The 2020 Census is happening now in the United States, and the forms can be filled out online with a screen reader or other tools. Here's what you need to do.
Popular iOS scanning app Voice Dream Scanner is porting to Android, and is entering public beta.
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